The world was left reeling yesterday when it was announced that legendary musician and entertainment icon Prince had died suddenly at the age of 57. The celebrated singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis, Minnesota, much to the shock and sadness of his legion of fans.
Later on Thursday night, the Carver County Sheriff's Office released the full transcript of the 911 call made from Prince's home — and it is truly heartbreaking. The caller, who remains unidentified, at first struggles to give the dispatcher Paisley Park's full address, simply stating:
"We're at Prince's house."
After telling the dispatcher that someone is unconscious, as the call continues the unidentified man makes a harrowing realization:
"Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so, yeah, um, the person is dead here."
As the call continues, a female speaks up and identifies the house number and location, to which the dispatcher responds, asking if they are with the person who has died. The man replies:
"Yes, it's Prince."
The dispatcher proceeds to call for an ambulance, describing Prince as "down, not breathing." A little while later, as is protocol, an ambulance dispatcher cancelled all emergency services heading to Paisley Park, describing the situation as a "confirmed DOA." You can hear a short clip from the call below.
The Full 911 Transcript
Dispatcher: 911, where is your emergency?
Unidentified Male: Hi there, um, what's the address, here? Yeah, we need an ambulance right now.
UM: We have someone who is unconscious.
D: OK, what's the address?
UM: Um, we're at Prince's house.
D: OK, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?
UM: Yeah, yeah, OK, hold on.
D: OK, your cellphone's not going to tell me where you're at, so I need you to find me an address.
UM: Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so, yeah, um, the person is dead here.
D: OK, get me the address please.
UM: OK, OK, I'm working on it.
D: Concentrate on that.
UM: And the people are just distraught.
D: I understand they are distraught, but —
UM: I'm working on it, I'm working on it.
D: OK, do we know how the person died?
UM: I don't know, I don't know.
UM: Um, so we're, we're in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we are at the home of Prince.
D: You're in Minneapolis?
UM: Yeah, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
D: You're sure you are in Minneapolis?
UM: That's correct.
D: OK, have you found an address yet?
UM: Yea, um, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry I need, I need the address here?
Unidentified Female: 7801.
Unidentified Male: 7801.
D: 7801 what?
UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park.
D: You're at Paisley Park, OK, that's in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who's —
UM: Yes, it's Prince.
UM: The person.
D: OK, stay on the line with me.
Ridgeview Ambulance dispatcher: Ambulance, Shirley.
D: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78.
Ambulance dispatcher: Paisley Park Studios, OK.
D: 7801 Audubon Road.
Ambulance dispatcher: OK.
D: We have a person down, not breathing.
Ambulance dispatcher: Down, not breathing.
UM: He's, he's —
D: We're going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal, sir.
(Carver County Dispatcher two comes on line)
Ambulance dispatcher: Yeah, Kayley, this is Shirley at Ridgeview. You can cancel anybody going to Aubudon, confirmed DOA.
Dispatcher two: OK, thank you.
Ambulance dispatcher: All right, thanks, bye.
The shocking news of Prince's death comes only a week after he was hospitalized with the flu. The following day he hosted a dance party for fans at Paisley Park, where he showed off his new guitar and, in a chilling, unintentional foresight, told the 200 attendees:
"Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."
A cause of death has not yet been announced, but an autopsy is expected to take place today.